Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jurors Will Retrace Dianas Night Car Journey in Paris

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jurors Will Retrace Dianas Night Car Journey in Paris

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THE Diana jury is to visit Paris to trace the final journey of the lateprincess and Dodi Fayed.

As the jury of six women and five men was sworn in today, the coroner told themthey would travel to France next week.

With the eyes of the world upon them, the jury will take part in a night-timereconstruction of the journey from the Ritz, which ended with the fatal crashin the Pont de LAlma tunnel.

Lord Justice Scott Baker said: On Monday night you will all be driven on thelast journey of the Mercedes and onwards from the scene to the hospital whereDiana was taken.The jurors were told that virtually everybody in Britain hastheir own opinion about what happened but it was their verdict alone that wouldmatter at the end of the six-month hearing. They were toldthey would not be allowed to attribute blame or apportion guilt in theirverdict.

No one can tell you what to decideyou will be in the public eye as no inquest jury has been before, we all willbut you must not let that deter you from approaching the facts dispassionately,disregarding everything you hear outside this court room ,said the coroner in his opening speech.

The task you have is an important one and its yours and yours alonenobody can tell you what to decide.

Your duty is to inquire into the deaths of the two people that died, Diana,Princess of Wales and Dodi al Fayed.

You have to decide four important but limited factual questions: who thedeceased were, when they came by their deaths, where they came by their deathsand how they came by their deaths.

The first three are unlikely to give rise to any difficulty but the fourth is arather wider question and is directed towards the means by which they died.

I shall give you detailed directions about how to approach this question afterthe evidence has been heard. …

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